The Padres were picked for last place in the National League West this season and picked as one of the worst teams in the league. Through April, the Padres were leading the National League West and making online sports gambling bettors some nice money. Sports gambling odds listed the Padres as underdogs in most games during April.
With one of the best records in the league, that meant a lot of profit for those that followed the Padres in MLB betting. San Diego has been getting great pitching with an ERA that was fourth best in the league.
The Padres should have slipped in sports gambling when Chris Young was put on the DL but Wade LeBlanc was called up and he has been superb. In his first three starts his ERA is 0.52. “When he came up, he wasn’t quite ready,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “ ... I don’t think he understood a starting pitcher has to throw fastballs in the strike zone.”
The last time the Padres finished the month of April leading the National League West they reached the World Series. Not many are predicting such success this year for the Padres but they sure have been a major surprise in online sports gambling.
This is the first time the Padres have led the division heading into the month of May since the 1998 season. “It’s amazing. It’s really nice,” said catcher Yorvit Torrealba, “Our goal is to score runs early because we know how good our pitching is. To be able to put some early runs out there, especially from the bottom of the lineup, even the pitcher, it’s great.”
When most people in sports gambling think of the Padres they think of All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. While Gonzalez is a major part of the San Diego offense he is not the only one hitting so far this sports gambling MLB season.
David Eckstein is a sparkplug at shortstop, Chase Headley is hitting for a high average and even the Hairston’s are playing well. How long can all of this last for San Diego? That is anyone’s guess, but right now the Padres are a team to take seriously when making sports gambling wagers.